Search Results: "Patrick Jennings"


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GUINEA DOG 3 by Patrick Jennings
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Youngsters will eagerly jump in for another fast, fun read. (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
It's summer vacation, and in this third in the light-reading Guinea Dog series, Rufus' and Murph's families are taking their traditional trip to the lake, unusual guinea pigs included. Read full book review >

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ODD, WEIRD & LITTLE by Patrick Jennings
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Jennings does not skip a beat as he builds realistic relationships and problem-solving around an outrageously funny premise. (Fiction. 8-12)"
At last: a humorous, useful and pedantry-free book about bullying! Read full book review >

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GUINEA DOG 2 by Patrick Jennings
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"With the introduction of Fido's gifted progeny, Jennings leaves readers begging for another absurd adventure. (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
Jennings picks up where Guinea Dog (2010) left off in this playful, quick-paced tale that touches on some common dilemmas for middle graders. Read full book review >

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WE CAN’T ALL BE RATTLESNAKES by Patrick Jennings
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Readers will enjoy her snake's-eye view of human foibles and cheer her on her way when a chance for release comes at last. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Like a Dick King-Smith tale with a bit more bite—and a certain amount of biting—this animal-narrated episode casts a satiric light on human behavior but leaves room for compassion, too. Read full book review >

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THE TORNADO WATCHES by Patrick Jennings
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2002

"The short episode format (no chapter headings) will appeal to the first-chapter set and the third in the series is scheduled for 2003. (Fiction. 7-9)"
In the second story about these siblings, a tornado warning sends Ike, his parents, and younger sister Mem to the basement. Read full book review >

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WISH RIDERS by Patrick Jennings
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Well-written but overwrought. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Once again, Jennings offers an odd amalgam of historical fiction (set in Depression times) and fantasy. Read full book review >

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THE WOLVING TIME by Patrick Jennings
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Not as action-packed as readers might like, but layered and thought-provoking. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Set in a medieval French village, this owes more to the historical werewolf mythology than pop culture. Read full book review >

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PUTNAM AND PENNYROYAL by Patrick Jennings
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Readers expecting an animal adventure along the lines of Avi's, or Dick King-Smith's, will be underwhelmed by this chewy allegory. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 10-12)"
From Jennings (Faith and the Rocket Cat, 1998, etc.), a quirky tale of two grebes with very different characters. Read full book review >

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INVASION OF THE DOGNAPPERS by Patrick Jennings
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2012

"Just another alien invasion headed off by solid detective work. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
A rash of dognappings prompts a young sleuth's obvious (to him) conclusion that space aliens are to blame. Read full book review >

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MY HOMEWORK ATE MY HOMEWORK by Patrick Jennings
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"Humorous, enjoyable and light. (Fiction. 8-12)"
An amusing, fast-paced tale about an irrepressible drama queen who has to cope when she doesn't get the starring role in the class play. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"Compelling. (Fiction. 12-14)"
It's 1975, and Barb calls Jeff to dump him on behalf of her friend Viv, Jeff's former girlfriend. Read full book review >